A Multi-faceted Campaign to Prevent the Spread of Extremist Ideology and Hate Crimes in America
On October 26th, 2017, we launched our most ambitious project, WISEUP: Knowledge Ends Extremism in Washington, D.C.
The 375-page research and evidence-based WISE Up report is authored by 72 noted scholars, faith leaders, and public servants. In this resource, Muslim, Christian, Jewish, other faith, and civic experts have provided their expertise on practical ways to counter extremism, hate crimes, Islamophobia, and terrorism committed in the name of Islam by groups like ISIS.
The WISEUP summit brought together over 350 attendees from a broad spectrum of fields, ranging from law enforcement to nonprofit organizations, an unprecedented gathering.
Raised in a progressive Muslim family in the shadows of the Himalayan mountains, where she attended a Catholic girls’ school, Daisy experienced culture shock when her family sent her to the States to attend high school in a mostly Jewish Long Island suburb. Ambitious and talented, she quickly climbed the corporate ladder after college as an architectural designer in New York City. Though she loved the freedom that came with being a career woman, she felt that something was missing from her life. One day a friend suggested that she visit a Sufi mosque in Tribeca. To her surprise, she discovered a home there, eventually marrying the mosque’s imam, Feisal Abdul Rauf, and finding herself, as his wife, at the center of a community in which women turned to her for advice. Guided by her faith, she embraced her role as a women’s advocate and has devised innovative ways to help end child marriage, fight against genital mutilation, and, most recently, educate young Muslims to resist the false promises of ISIS recruiters.
Born with Wings is a powerful, moving, and eye-opening account of Daisy Khan’s inspiring journey—of her self-actualization and her success in opening doors for other Muslim women and building bridges between cultures. It powerfully demonstrates what one woman can do—with faith, love, and resilience.
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Follow WISE’s journey to discover 100 extraordinary Muslim women! Annually, WISE highlights the achievements of inspiring Muslim women who have shaped our societies in the past and those who are currently playing a pivotal role in transforming the lives of Muslim women.
“Mona Haydar is a Syrian-American artist from Flint, Mich. She wears a hijab with pride. She's been a performance poet for 13 years, writing about love, trauma, loss and joy. Earlier this month, she did something different. She released her first rap song, "Hijabi," along with an accompanying video. In just a few days, the music video went viral, with more than 1 million views on Facebook. Produced by Tunde Olaniran, it's reminiscent of Beyoncé's Lemonade visual album. It has a diverse female cast, vibrant modern choreography and camera work that creates intimacy with the viewer...”
"Rabia Chaudry is a woman on a mission. She’s the one who approached “This American Life” producer Sarah Koenig about Adnan Syed, who was sentenced to life in prison for a murder he says he didn’t commit. That story turned into “Serial,” the podcast mega-hit that debuted in 2014. The first season, which took an intense look at Syed’s case, has been downloaded more than 80 million times. Chaudry is a longtime friend of the Syed family who is convinced of Adnan’s innocence. After "Serial" ended, Rabia Chaudry co-hosted her own podcast, “Undisclosed.” Now we have her new book..."
“The future of fashion is gloriously diverse. Minnesota-based model Halima Aden is making history as the first ever hijab-wearing model on the cover of an edition of Vogue. She is gracing the front of the June issue of Vogue Arabia. ‘All eyes on Halima Aden: The runway star shattering stereotypes,’ the cover reads. The 19-year-old Somali-American first emerged in the public eye as a competitor in the 2016 Miss Minnesota pageant, where she wore a hijab throughout and donned a burkini for the swimsuit segment. Though she didn’t win, it helped shoot her to fame...”